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Advanced Gong Training with Aidan McIntyre & Tim Byford Mon 28 Jan - Fri 01 Feb

  • Well-being

The course is designed for students already playing the gong who have had some training and wish to advance their technique and gain greater understanding and knowledge of this ancient and most powerful of sound instruments.

The purpose of this training is to take time over the following topics and cover them in depth so that practitioners feel confident and knowledgeable. It is an opportunity to practice under the guidance of Aidan and there will be 1-2-1 sessions with him during each day.

1. Shamanic gonging: This is an area that is becoming more popular as people begin to hear and learn more about Shamanism and how it can accelerate knowledge of ourselves and aid healing. Using sacred instruments such as the conch shell, feathers, rattles, whistles and animal sounds, Shruti box and drums. Learn to pace a gong bath so that you can take participants on a journey that has structure and rhythm.

2. Different mallets: Using 10 mallets to play a gong is an art that needs practice. We learn how to bring out the personality of a gong, how to build an orchestra of sound with one gong and the importance of Sandhya (a pause in the gong bath and a shift into another scene) and sunyata (the total silence at the end of gong bath) without losing the connection with participants. Learn how to listen and converse with the gong so that we follow the gong rather than play it.

3. Playing in a group: This is an extremely powerful way to give sound therapy. It can be in a gong bath or a puja (sacred ceremony). Learn how to play as one body, listen to other players, play strokes together. The dance of the gong and its intricate steps can lead to a form of euphoric playing.

4. Using gongs in different situations: How does playing for children differ from playing in a hospice or a Recovery Centre? How gongs can aid healing? There are different styles of playing that involves using the gong in a unique way according to and specific to the situation. There will be time to practice.

5. Singing Bowls and 1-1 therapy sessions: An in-depth practical using bowls both on and off the body whether sitting or lying down.

6. Synchronised gong playing with others.

7. Using the gong in private sessions: Introduction and environment, choice of gongs and bowls and placement, the importance of the conch shell and how and when to use it on the body during the session.

8. The 'RotoGong' how and when to use this during the gong bath and at concerts with hands-on practice on multiple gongs.

9. Ancillary Gong Bath Instruments: The use of feathers, bird whistles, Peruvian whistling vessels, bells and natural elements (such as leaves, water, fire and wind) in the Gong Bath.

Prices

Shared accommodation £600

Single Room £670

Non-Residential (to include Supper) £460

The course begins with registration 10.00 am - 11.00 am, and ends after lunch on Friday at 2.00 pm.

Aidan McIntyre met the Gong in 1993 and it was a transformational experience to say the least. From that moment on he has dedicated his life to sharing his experience and research with the world at large.

Around that time Singing Bowls also entered Aidan’s life and became an integral part of his work with the Gong. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area he was able to hone his skills whilst researching and experimenting with the effect of therapeutic sound. This he shared working with children, those with autism, retirees and many others. He has brought the Gong to retirement homes, hospitals, hospices, funerals and memorial services. On a lighter note, he has even played with a Bay Area Jazz Band.

Aidan is a generous teacher sharing his acquired wisdom. He also likes sharing his large collection of gongs, antique singing bowls and conch shells, sharing their origins and uses in sound therapy.

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